Archive for June, 2018

Greenfields

“Greenfields” was a huge hit for the Brothers Four in 1960, selling over a million copies, and reaching #2 on the singles charts. Part of the folk music boom that included the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary and the Chad Mitchell Trio, the song was written by and first recorded Terry Gilkyson, Frank Miller, and Richard Dehr who comprised a folk music group called the Easy Riders.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1961 album “Colorful Ventures” — each track of which had a color in the title. While my instrumental arrangement was inspired by theirs, it is not a cover — and actually the lead guitar part is arguably more in the manner of Hank Marvin than the Ventures.

June 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Business Ventures

“Business Ventures” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more complex musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

June 5, 2018 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Nothing Ventured

“Nothing Ventured” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

June 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Waiting for the Rain

“Waiting for the Rain” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

June 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

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